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Philipp O. C. Schorsch, a former doctoral candidate at the Business School, departed for his native Germany earlier this week, in compliance with a ruling by the U.S. Justice Department's Naturalization and Immigration Service.
Schorsch, who protested his dismissal this Fall from the Doctoral Program by staging a 47-day hunger strike, was refused permission in February to change his nonimmigrant status from that of a student to a visitor.
One of Schorsch's former roommates in Dorchester said Wednesday that Schorsch hopes to obtain a new visa in Germany and return to the U.S. within two months. He added that Schorsch had left his belongings behind.
Schorsch claimed that his personal behavior, and not the officially stated "lack of academic progress," had been the reason for his dismissal from the Doctoral Program. He continued to distribute leaflets in protest of his dismissal until the day of his departure.
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